A Crime of Violence

24 Jan

Twice in my life I have been confronted with having a gun pointed at me for different reasons , one being someone showing off and the other an attempt at robbery , apart from Vietnam service obviously, these were acts of intimidation leading to possible violence.

Ana has also experienced the feeling of having a gun placed in her back in South America in a daylight robbery. Sunday night my son Michael became the victim of a crime of violence.

Mike was closing the shop where he works at approximately 9-30 pm.He was alone at the time as appears to be normal practice by the owner of the shop. The shop is actually a supermarket and liqour store combined .In the process of closing up Mike was confronted by two Aboriginal persons wielding knives and making their intentions very clear as to the outcome if he interfered in the robbery, one lad was of youngish age about 12 or 13 according to Mike , the other in his 30s. They escaped with about 5000 dollars . Mike called the police and made his report , subsequently the day after two persons were taken into custody charged with aggravated burglary. Any crime such as this experienced by anyone who has had a gun , knife or other weapon pointed at them will naturally have a traumatic affect. Mike is unharmed but as his father I fully understand the post traumatic effects this will bring on. Mike went back to work the next night just to face his fears but has decided now to take time off and get councelling. This incident raises many questions and one being as to the mentality of the owner allowing one person to close the shop alone , especially considering it also doubles as a liqour outlet.

Crime is everywhere in this day and age but is bought home traumatically when its in your own town and affects your own family. Mikes partner is expecting their baby in a few months time.


Detectives look for man and boy involved in armed robbery

Monday, 23 January 2012 06:42 administrator

Police are investigating an armed robbery in Mildura on Sunday night.

A male shop attendant at PJ’s Supermarket in Deakin Avenue was threatened by a man and a teenage boy who entered the store about half past nine.

 Police say a large-set indigenous male forced his way into the serving area of the store and took cash from the till, while his smaller, thinner accomplice stood guard.

The age of the armed robber, who was waving a knife around while his young accomplice was described as a juvenile.

No other person was in the shop at the time of the robbery which resulted in the pair getting away with a substantial amount of money – possibly as much as $5000 or $6000.

The men were last seen running away across Henderson Park.

The armed robbery occurred about 30 minutes away from the supermarket’s closing time.

Police want to hear from anyone in the area at the time who may have seen anything or anyone acting suspiciously.

They are asked to contact the Crime Investigation unit at Mildura Police Station.

Two charged over armed robbery – police look for two others

Monday, 23 January 2012 19:39

Police have charged two teenagers over an armed robbery at a Mildura supermarket on Sunday night.

A male shop attendant at PJ’s Supermarket in Deakin Avenue was threatened with a knife which was waved at him as one of the offenders forced his way into the serving area at about half past nine.

On Monday Detectives searched a Mildura house and arrested two people and seized a quantity of cash.

A 17 year old youth is charged with armed robbery, and a 19 year old man has been charged with handling stolen goods.

 Police say they’re still looking for two other people they believe were involved in the incident.

It’s believed a woman may have been waiting in a car on the opposite side of Deakin Avenue to assist with getaway from the scene by the two armed robbers.


Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Uncategorized


30 responses to “A Crime of Violence

  1. Janae's Fallgirl Shepherd

    March 14, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Glad your boy is ok, hopefully within time he’s getting over that very traumatic experience. Just doing some blog reading, catching up a little – snow here + cold make it definetely still winter! Take care Emu.

    • The Emu

      March 14, 2012 at 6:19 am

      Greetings my dear friend and lovely for you to drop by, my son has coped with the trauma quite well with councelling
      but yesterday he faced another type of trauma beginning in his life when his partner gave birth to a little boy
      Two weeks ago I became a grandad when my daughter had a baby girl and now my son with a baby boy but its not over yet
      My other sons partner is also due and time now , they all fell pregnant within a month of each other , so its hectic all round
      Hope you are doing well Janae and I wish you much love and happiness
      Aussie Emu aka Ian

  2. giselzitrone

    January 28, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Wünsche dir ein schönes weekend Herzlicher Grüsse von mir Gislinde.

    • The Emu

      January 28, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      Thank you dear Gislinde
      Wishing you a beautiful weekend
      May love follow you as a shadow

  3. kate58

    January 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    This sucks. Having been mugged before, I can understand how your son must be feeling. Counselling is a good idea, & I’m glad he wasn’t physically hurt.

    • The Emu

      January 26, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Thanks for your kind words Kate
      He will learn how to cope with it through councelling
      but he will always have the memory
      Cheers , wishing you a beaut weekend

  4. natswans

    January 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Oh I am so sorry to hear this Emu this is heart breaking. Pleased he wasn’t harmed and is probably wise to take councelling . This is such a shame he will indeed never get over this incident.
    Sending healing thought’s and to stay strong. Many Blessings

    • The Emu

      January 26, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      Thank you Sheila for your kind words
      He is already showing signs of post traumatic stress
      and he may learn how to cope with it but he will never erase the memory

  5. Androgoth

    January 25, 2012 at 12:42 am

    I agree it is not until afterwards when the thoughts sink in of what could have happened, and those thoughts are the ones that will be gnawing at his mind of an evening… I do hope that he can overcome this incident and be able to move on with working there, I do think that the shop owner needs to add security or at least have someone with your son at closing times as easy targets are always sought out by thieves and it is extremely dangerous having to shut the shop alone…

    Thank you for adding such a personal
    account of what happened to your son…

    Have a good start to your wednesday Ian 🙂


    • The Emu

      January 25, 2012 at 2:52 am

      Thanks for commenting Androgoth ,councelling is occuring now as the first signs of post traumatic stress are setting in
      I will, as his dad,obviously support him as I understand PTSD from my time in Vietnam ,life takes on a different scenario after incidents like this , thanks again for commenting mate
      Emu aka Ian

  6. Raven of Leyla

    January 24, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    How frightening my friend!
    Your Son, oh that brings so close to home. It is so sad we have such crime everywhere these days. It leaves such a traumatic sear upon a person. Glad he was unharmed especially for You and Ana, his partner and their unborn child.
    They do need to get a second person on shift at night there, I hope they had video security at least.
    Blessings and warm feathery,

    • The Emu

      January 25, 2012 at 2:55 am

      Hi Raven , thanks for your kind comments , yes the business practices are under investigation
      My son is now undergoing councelling however he will learn to cope with the emotions
      but the memory will remain for life , I see the first signs of PTSD setting in , think he will change jobs soon
      Thanks again Raven for commenting
      Emu aka Ian

  7. suemacarthur

    January 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Im very sorry this has happen to Mike, im so glad he was not hurt, but i am very glad he is going to get help as we both know he will need it and you are very right he should NOT be there on his own to close up with that kind of money around it just asking for trouble,
    Take care my friend

    • The Emu

      January 25, 2012 at 2:58 am

      Hi Sue , thanks for caring , the business practice is under investigation now.
      Mike is getting councelling as the first stages of PTSD are setting in , I will walk it through with him
      as I have my own PTSD so can help him along the way, think he will change jobs soon though
      Emu aka Ian

  8. Sue Dreamwalker

    January 24, 2012 at 11:52 am

    First let me say how thankful I am that your Son Mike is ok, even though I know it will be along while until your Son can leave this incident behind him.. When you are attacked like that it leaves behind a scar no others can see, as you replay it over in your mind. And I Know facing his fears as he went back into work the next day was brave. But he is doing the right thing in taking time out with expert help for a time..
    Violence is all around and living near to one of the most highest crime rated cities in the UK, stories of such violence happen here all the time.. and they get added to statistics and we the general public are so used to these crime reports that often they dismiss the stories with a simple thought of ‘Oh how terrible!’ as they get on with eating their breakfast.. It isn’t until as you say they affect those nearest and dearest that you understand how very fragile our lives are balanced. For in a blink of an eye, things may well have been so much worse..
    I was physically assaulted by a client who I looked after as he came at me with his knife and folk.( He had learning difficulties ) And I had to go and work with him the next day alone as if nothing had happened.. ( My Boss did get into to trouble for this as I did complain I shouldn’t have been subjected to this ) But we become numbers within the systems of employment and as our society seems to not care about their employees anymore,,, In-fact I would say that Care full stop has gone out of the window. As its all about Greed.. It is Greed for bigger profits as to why your Son is working alone.. less wages to pay.. And its greed of those who steal, who want something for nothing without having to earn it.. who would sooner steal and get money and things and do whatever it takes to get it, using violence to achieve their ends..
    I am so thankful that this story was no worse and send your Son some thoughts over the airwaves as I do all of those around the world who suffer from violence in whatever form..
    Thinking of you All Sue

    • The Emu

      January 25, 2012 at 10:09 am

      Thanks Sue for your kind words and consideration , Mike is now having time off from work and getting councelling , the owner of the business is being investigated for unsafe work practices in allowing one person to close up shop at night , particularly as its a liqour outlet , Mike says he is fine but I see the onset of post traumatic stress , suffering from it myself from Vietnam , he has become hyper alert and is questioning everything , he doesn’t trust the way he did , his attitude to his job has changed and I think soon he will change direction in his life , I explained to him the symptoms of PTSD and he is seeing them now , I guide him as well as I can and explained that councelling will help him to cope with the incident but sadly the incident will be in yhis memory for life , I feel hurt for my son and helpless, we will get through it together Sue , thanks again for your very thoughtful words.
      Emu aka Ian

  9. prenin

    January 24, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I’ve been held at knife point (I told him to put it away or i’d make him eat it) and at gun point – i called him a Tosser and ignored him, so his friend (SammY Mallinson) tossed a lump of concrete through my window.

    The Police actually showed up for the latter (AMAZING!!!) and took statements, but the crime never went to court despite the Police knowing the drug dealer’s runner who has blonde hair and a deformed head.

    Had I been injured or killed then maybe it would have gone further…

    God bless!


    • The Emu

      January 25, 2012 at 2:49 am

      Leaves a nasty taste in ya mouth when faced with a knife or gun mate
      Damn fact of life these days and it all boils down to unemployment
      Quick technology and the proliferation of drugs , notice the offenders are getting younger
      Emu aka Ian

      • prenin

        January 25, 2012 at 12:54 pm

        Yeah, but the drug dealers use kids to deliver their drugs because they’ll do less time and Sammy was an addict before his 12th birthday because both his older siblings used drugs paid for with daily thieving.

        The Mallinsons soon became the most prolific burglars on the estate and last heard were being treated at Brentwoods (a homeless charity) for drug addiction.

        People got so fed up with their brazen criminality that they stopped calling the Police and just went round and beat the shit out of them before retrieving the stolen goods…

        Sad when the law has no deterrent effect…

        God Bless!


        • The Emu

          January 26, 2012 at 5:28 am

          So true in what you say mate , the older crims use the younger guys to avoid harsh punishment
          The cops do, in the end, get frustrated , they are trying to do the right thing , but in the end
          its the judge who sets the standards for all future crime by the kids.
          The legal system in all countries is badly in need of a universal law.
          Then again in muslim countries you get your hand hacked of for stealing a loaf of bread
          Was true and broadcast on the net , the criminal was 12 years of age
          So much for universal law

          • prenin

            January 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm

            And they want to bring Sharia law over here???

            The Muslims already have a foot in the door by getting the Government to permit Sharia as a Social and Legal law, as they do for the Jewish and Somalies (I have no quarrel with either), but Sharia law seems so violent and savage it should have no place here in the UK…

            God Bless!


          • The Emu

            January 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm

            You are definitely right mate
            Sharia law has no place in any country around the world
            It is barbaric and an insult to all mankind

  10. Yvette

    January 24, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Agreed…as I was once a proprietor of a retail shop, in a small town where crime was high…and even though the shop was in a shopping mall, never did I leave the shop at close up alone, or to walk to the carpark alone. Not on…Hopefully your son will recover stronger, management a little wiser and justice will be done.

    • The Emu

      January 25, 2012 at 2:43 am

      Thanks Yvette for your kind words ,Mike is physically okay but the signs of post traumatic stress are setting in
      I can’t believe the stupidity of the owner to allow one person to close the shop alone at night , particularly a liqour store
      The owners care of staff is being investigated but it will take Mike time to learn to cope , the memory however will always remain
      Thanks again Yvette for your kind comments
      Emu aka Ian

  11. thesweetkitten

    January 24, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I can imagine how you must feel. About two and a half years ago, I was the victim of sexual aggression. With the free help of a psychologist, I got more or less to terms with this awful experience. I hope that you can all put this soon behind you.

    • The Emu

      January 25, 2012 at 2:17 am

      Sorry to hear you have been exposed to trauma my friend
      I have PTSD from my army days in Vietnam and will help my son cope as well as possible
      But as you know by your own experience you can learn to cope but the memorys remain
      Thank you for commenting and I wish you much love
      Emu aka Ian

  12. magsx2

    January 24, 2012 at 7:26 am

    It must be a terrible thing not to feel safe at work. I can’t imagine what it must be like wondering if the next person that walks through the door might be another burglar, it certainly would play on your mind I’m sure.

    • The Emu

      January 25, 2012 at 2:14 am

      Hi mate , you hit the nail right on the head , Mike has the first signs of post traumatic stress
      He is hyper alert and very much aware of his surroundings now and is developing an instinct of mistrust
      I will help him through it as I fully know PTSD from my Vietnam days , think he will change jobs soon
      Thanks again for commenting mate
      Emu aka Ian

  13. cat.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:38 am

    I’m so glad your son is safe … healing will follow to a degree … he has you and his family … my brother Michael was not so lucky in 1997 … still miss him terribly … as I said before: Healing folloed but only to a degree. Blessed be, Ian. Love always, cat.

    • The Emu

      January 25, 2012 at 2:11 am

      Thanks Cat for your kind thoughts and words ,never knew you had lost your brother in 97
      Dont know if the circumstances were similar as my sons incident but whichever way to lose
      a family member is extremely traumatic , and as you say healing is only to a degree
      I can see the post traumatic stress setting in on him now , I recognize it as its similar to mine
      from Vietnam service , he has all my support , thanks again Cat , your a beautiful friend
      Emu aka Ian


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